Miami-Dade Suppliers & Business attend final call for Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program

From Jessica Modkins

    MIAMI, FL – March 18, 2019 – Hundreds of business owners gathered to network and understand what it takes to do business with the National Football League (NFL) when South Florida hosts Super Bowl LIV in 2020. In its final session to reach Miami-Dade County disadvantaged businesses & suppliers, the Super Bowl LIV Business Connect program sponsored an informational session on Saturday March 16, 2019 at Florida International University.

The Businesses Connect team works in partnership with the Miami Host Committee to create opportunities for experienced, qualified and certified business owners to compete for contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl LIV while encouraging NFL contractors, partners and primary suppliers to source products and services from local suppliers.

The Miami, Super Bowl LIV Host Committee were all present for the Miami-Dade County Final Call Networking Session. Pictured from left to right are Michael A. Zimmer, President; Miami Gardens Councilwoman Katrina Wilson; Rodney Barreto, Chairman; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Cava; Rashad D. Thomas, VP Business Connect & Community Outreach; and Brian D. Bishop VP Partnership & Marketing. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF HIP ROCK STAR IMAGES)

The most requested vendor categories are as follows: audio/visual, barricades, cable & networking suppliers, carpet/flooring, catering food & beverage, courier services, decor, entertainment, equipment rentals, event staffing, fencing, event production, and more. This event was produced by Hip Rock Star who worked over time to pull together this unforgettable experience in less than 10 days.

If you were unavailable to attend the final informational session there is still time to register online before the deadline. All Business Connect vendors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Women, minority, LGBT or veteran-owned businesses showing 51% ownership by the designated minority classification.
  • Businesses must have been in operation 3 years or more as of May 24, 2016 in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
  • Businesses must be experienced, certified, and in good financial standing.
  • Businesses must be direct source for the work they compete for and or contracted to perform.
  • Businesses must be located in the Tri County area: Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County.
  • Businesses must have the capacity to deliver the premiere-event goods and services needed to help NFL contractors produce their Super Bowl events.

The online vendor registration deadline is on March 29, 2019.  The vetting and selection process ends on April 30, 2019 with notification emails of acceptance and rejection to be sent out by April 30, 2019.

About the Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program:

The Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program is a partnership between the National Football League (NFL) and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. The program aims to provide diverse, qualified and certified South Florida area businesses opportunities to compete for special event related contracts connected to the Super Bowl in Miami. The Business Connect Program is focused on creating contract opportunities for certified minority, woman, veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned businesses.

Businesses selected for the program will be profiled in the Business Connect Resource Guide. The Business Connect Resource Guide is an online database of approved, registered businesses that helps the NFL, Super Bowl contractors, and event producers to identify and select local businesses to partner with to produce their Super Bowl LIV events.


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